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12 de Octubre: Día de la Resistencia Indígena Posted by on Oct 12, 2020

It may not be so contentious an issue from a North American standpoint, but for Latin-Americans everywhere this question has always been significant: What is the most appropriate name for October 12th? Throughout the 20th century, how Columbus Day should be called became an important subject when one remembers what it was supposed to be…

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Mexico’s Call for Independence 209 Years Ago Posted by on Sep 12, 2019

In the early hours of September 16, 1810, in the town of Dolores in the state of Guanajuato, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla together with other revolutionary fighters, asked his people to take up arms and fight against the forces Nueva España or the Spanish colony in Mexico. Miguel Hidalgo gave the famous grito and rang the…

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Argentina’s National Flag Day Posted by on Jun 24, 2019

On June 20th, Argentineans celebrated el Día de la Bandera Nacional (Flag Day) and commemorated the death of its creator, Manuel Belgrano, one of the most important independence leaders, who died on June 20th, 1820. Flag Day celebrations in Argentina have a special venue: el Monumento Nacional a la Bandera (National Flag Memorial), located in…

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Holiday Traditions in Mexico Posted by on Dec 13, 2018

The holidays are upon us! December is filled with so many festivities and traditions around the world, and Mexico is no exception. In this post, I will cover just a few of the traditions that some people observe such as posadas, ponche, los villancicos, and el nacimiento. Guadalupe-Reyes The party marathon that stretches from December 12 to January…

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Easter in Spain Posted by on Apr 15, 2015

¡Buenos días! In late March-early April, we always celebrate Easter in Spain. However, the way in which people celebrate this time of the year differs from one region of the country to another. You probably remember we call these holidays Semana Santa and Pascua, both of which have religious roots. There are of course similarities…

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The Spanish Holy Week and its frightening garments: the origins of the “capirote”. Posted by on Apr 17, 2014

Había una vez una bloguera que comenzó a escribir sobre cultura española y a compartir cosas que pensaba podían ser interesantes para gente aprendiendo su idioma. Así que escribió sobre su ciudad, sobre dichos y refranes, literatura, a veces sobre cocina, y por supuesto sobre las distintas festividades de su país. Uno de sus posts…

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Spanish celebrations: the Fallas in Valencia Posted by on Apr 14, 2014

Cada año el final del invierno y la llegada de la primavera se celebran en Valencia con fogatas, fuegos artificiales y escenas muy coloridas en un festival conocido como las fallas. Falla significa antorcha, pero es también el nombre que se le da a las enormes figuras de papel maché que adornan la ciudad durante…

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